Definition of decriminalization noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

decriminalization

 noun
(British English also -isation)noun
BrE BrE//diːˌkrɪmɪnəlaɪˈzeɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˌkrɪmɪnələˈzeɪʃn//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the act of changing the law so that something is no longer a crime the proposed decriminalization of certain types of drugs